Earlier today we reported on the likelihood of Chromebooks getting a more advanced stylus input in the form of a powered stylus. This came from a commit referencing a system notification for low battery in the stylus.
As we discussed in that article, there are no current Chromebooks with powered styli planned or available yet, so this seemed to point to a new hardware feature in the works.
Why Wouldn’t ‘Eve’ Get A More Advanced Stylus?
As I was writing that article, I couldn’t help but feel like ‘Eve’ would get this newer, more capable stylus type.
After all, it seems ‘Eve’ is getting just about every other possible bell and whistle out there.
Turns out, I was right on track with that thought.
Not long after we published, I came across language in a commit that makes it very, very clear that ‘Eve’ will, in fact, be the recipient of this new stylus tech.
Take a look at this commit. It caught my attention because of the Wamcom AES reference. However, there is not a direct reference to ‘Eve’.
In just the 3rd comment, however, we get the clear reference.
It’s just called “heatmap” but it only works for the Wacom AES screen on Eve, which wasn’t clear to me. (I tested it on Kevin since it has a Wacom screen before realizing it was different)
From this, it becomes quite easy to discern that ‘Eve’ will be getting Wacom’s newer AES stylus and the accompanying touchscreen to utilize it.
As we are seeing, ‘Eve’ is looking more and more like THE 2017 Chromebook flagship going into the holiday season. With an absolutely feature-packed stat sheet, this device could set a new standard of what a Chromebook is capable of. We don’t have any dates around release, but ‘Eve’ has been around for about 9 months, so it is likely a fall release could be in the cards.
As always, we’ll continue hunting for more details as we wait.